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Staunton Spectator: March 22, 1859

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Letter From Hon. A. H. H. Stuart
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Summary: Letter from Stuart, dated March 5 to Opposition convention in Richmond. He invokes Union, forefathers, Virginia rising from political lethargy, and issues of the day.
(Names in announcement: Alexander Stuart, A.J. Crane, T.B. Ingram)
Editorial Comment: "At the great Ratification meeting in Richmond, on the night of the 7th inst., the following letter from the Hon. A. H. H. Stuart was read."
Trailer: Very Respectfully, Your Friend and fellow citizen, Alex H. H. Stuart; Messrs. A. J. Crane; T. B. Ingram; G. Whitfield

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Summary: Building on S. Main street belonging to Mrs. Kelly suffered a fire, but it was saved.
(Names in announcement: Mrs. Kelly)
A Mistake
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Summary: Koogler was included on delinquent taxpayer list by mistake.
(Names in announcement: James Koogler, Mr. Hyde)
To the Voters of the Ninth Congressional District
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Summary: Satirical article about the upcoming elections. One paragraph has been blacked out.
(Names in announcement: A.H.H. Stuart)
Trailer: Yours with high regard,; March 18, 1859; Arragonite S.C.
For the Spectator; Behavior in Church
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Summary: Complains about bad behavior in church by ladies, young men and tobacco-chewers.
Full Text of Article:

There are some points in reference to behavior at Church to which I wish, respectfully, to call attention. The first relates to the ladies. Why is it that many ladies have such a fondness for sitting at the end of pews next the aisle?. They take their seats just by the door, and compel everybody else who comes in to climb over them. If the first one who enters a pew would sit at the further end of it, and the others range themselves in order close together, the convenience of all would be promoted.

The next two points relate to the gentlemen. Why is it that young men and boys have such a fondness for standing about Church doors before and after service? Some of the seniors too, who ought to set a better example, occasionally do the same thing. The practice is irreverent, unsuited to the character of the place, exceedingly unpleasant to the ladies of refinement, and, therefore, a breach of good manners. Lastly, why will tobacco chewers defile the floors of churches and soil the skirts of ladies' dresses in the manner they do? If gentlemen cannot dispense with the use of tobacco for an hour or two while in Church, they certainly ought to provide themselves with spittoons.--They should have some regard for the sexton, who has to clean up after them, and for the comfort of other persons. No one could behave so in a private house without being asked out, and why should greater liberties be taken at Church, where more people are annoyed and more trouble given?

Trailer: Civis
For the Spectator
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Summary: Request that Bruffy of Mt. Sidney, Van Lear of Mt. Solon, and Newton of Greenville all run for the General Assembly.
(Names in announcement: William Bruffy, D.N. Van Lear, John Newton)
Trailer: Many Voters

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Description of Page: electoral announcements

Ministerial Appointments
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Summary: The Baltimore Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church appointed the men named above to positions for the following year in the Rockingham District.
(Names in announcement: E.R. Veitch, G.G. Brooke, O.P. Wirgman, S.H. Cummings)
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Summary: All of Augusta, married on March 17.
(Names in announcement: Rev. O.P. Wirgman, James Walson, Barbara Crouse)
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Summary: Died on March 17.
(Names in announcement: Horace Seely)
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Summary: Died on March 17 after a protracted illness of over six years, aged 76 years.
(Names in announcement: George Engleman)

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Description of Page: Advertisements